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Downvotes, but no idea why!

This is absolutely not going to happen. It has been discussed many times on meta.se and the cons far outweigh the pros. These include revenge voting, leveraging pressure, general nastiness etc. We ...
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Short answers in comments

I see 3 problems with your proposal: The danger is that someone won't post an actual answer because it is already contained in a well-written comment. Or when someone says the same thing, it is seen ...
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Mention 2 names in one comment

No - this is by design. If you have a reply to something a commenter has asked, respond to them. For another commenter, reply to them separately. Remember, though, comments are supposed to be brief ...
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Why the aggressive migration of comments to chat?

The de facto practice on this site (and for most of SE) has always been to remove comments. They are absolutely considered temporary, and only useful if they help an answer get updates or edits for ...
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Can I discuss someone else's question?

If you want clarification on an answer, asking in a comment is what you should do. However, if you want to extend the scope of the answer or ask about how the answer applies in another context, then ...
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Edit comment language

While in general I agree - this is an English speaking site and we should ensure that all comments etc are in English - in this specific instance Shikata ga nai is the name of the tool that the editor ...
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How to nicely incorporate a comment into your answer?

IMO, you answered your own question: I've done all of these depending on how much the comment contributes. For guidance, let's look at the conventions of citations in academic papers. In parallel ...
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Autocomment from review ending up on both question and answer

As @Xavier59 and @AviD explains in comments, this is not a bug. When a moderator converts an answer to a comment, all the comments to the answer are moved along with it. In this case the moderator ...
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Converting long comment threads to chat hides potentially useful comments

The purpose of comments is to request clarity or provide information that should then cause a post to be updated. Comments are not for anything permanent. If mods have time when deleting comments or ...
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Should the way comment posted as answer are handled be improved?

Some of my personal thoughts: Converting As far as I know, converting answers to comments and vice versa is allowed to 10k rep. users. Ok, this is false - thanks @grawity. Personally, I think that ...
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Edit comment language

I was the one who made the edit. I had meant to have the edit comment to explain that I corrected the spelling by using something like 仕方が無い - Shikata ga nai, but for some reason I just posted the ...
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Short answers in comments

I am a relatively new user to stackexchange in general and my opinion is that actual answers are better than comment answers in more than just one way. Although good information can come from comments,...
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Understanding Commenting

The two main reasons why comments are restricted to 50+ rep users are: Preventing spam Ensuring that the user has demonstrated sufficient understanding of our system before they're allowed to comment ...
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Understanding Commenting

New users are deliberately not allowed to post comments (except under their own posts), precisely to avoid what you're trying to do. This is a question and answer site. Comments distract from the main ...
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Understanding Commenting

Not a bug - a feature. It's a way to keep spam down to a minimum. Answers persist but comments can disappear forever. If a 1-rep new account is created to spam, it becomes high-visibility so that ...
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